FWS Settles With Enviro Group Over Fla. Coral Protection

Law360, Miami (September 13, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service settled a suit in Florida federal court Friday with an environmental group that claimed the agency had failed to create a recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn corals as required under the Endangered Species Act.

Under the terms of the settlement, the National Marine Fisheries Service committed to drafting a recovery plan by 2014 for the coral species, which were once the most abundant and important reef building corals in the waters of Florida and the Caribbean but have diminished by...
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